(EN) – Agronomy Glossary | agron.iastate.edu


Weather is a risk factor and sometimes loss multiplier in all that occurs in agriculture.  Highly productive agricultural regions have developed as temperature and the amount of precipitation have impacted soil structures and types and have determined the type of vegetation that can be grown and cropping systems that can be used.  Despite favorable weather conditions and fine-tuned practices in highly productive regions, adverse weather will reduce yield in some years. This course will provide you with an understanding of how weather and climate interact with agriculture and some basic analysis tools that can be used to manage the risk of possible yield losses from adverse weather.

This is the only course in the Master of Science in Agronomy Program that covers climatology and meteorology.  This course is recommended as one of the first in the program because it touches on several topics crossing disciplines.  It explains how climate and weather impact agriculture from small-scale effects, such as air movement along on a leaf, to large-scale effects, such as changes in oceanic temperatures in the Pacific and their control on drought frequency.  Our intent is to generate from these concepts practical knowledge that can assist with real-world risk management.  For example, the coursework provides illustrations of how to evaluate yield impacts using freely available yield and climate data.

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